Jim Weinstein was a shining example of a truly independent journalist. In his own way, he was in the tradition of George Seldes and I.F. Stone and Lincoln Steffens – muckraking journalists who challenged the received wisdom. He always asked “Why?” and “Who is behind what?” and “Where are the bodies buried?” More than ever, we need journalists such as Jim, who insisted that we must think things through, that we must remember the past in order to understand the present and prepare for the future.
Studs Terkel is the legendary author of Hard Times, Working, Division Street, Hope Dies Last, and many other books. A long-time radio broadcaster, renowned interviewer and In These Times contributor, Terkel died in October 2008.